Terry Keleher

Terry is the Director of the Midwest Office of the Applied Research Center and Program Director of the Racial Justice Leadership Action Network. He provides racial justice training, consulting and presentations to organizations around the country. He has over twenty-five years of experience in community organizing, leadership development, curriculum design, popular education, research and strategic coaching. He coordinated the national ERASE Initiative (Expose Racism and Advance School Excellence) and has authored several reports on race and equity issues, including Facing the Consequences: An Examination of Racial Discrimination in U.S. Public Schools, and Justice by the People: Community Safety and Police Accountability. He is a member of the Illinois Editorial Forum and has served on the Readers Bureau of the Chicago Reporter. He is also a contributing writer to R

A Letter to My Son on Coping With Mass Violence

As you grow older, you’ll have many opportunities to make positive change. What values will you put into practice? Answering this question may be the best way to honor those whose lives were so tragically cut short.

White Folks Step Up to Fight Racism With “US for All of Us”

Over the past several months, a number of white anti-racist activists have been connecting and organizing in new ways to step up their response to heightened racism in the current political context. A Statement of Commitment and Call to Action, titled “Let’s Build a U.S. for All of Us: No Room for Racism,” has already been signed by some 700 people and 75 organizations around the country.

Time to Fight Racially Unfair Restrictions on Reproductive Rights

The Center for Reproductive Rights has a new video featuring video blogger Jay Smooth breaking down the Hyde Amendment which has been used to ban federal government spending on abortion for nearly 35 years. During the recent national health care debate, the Stupak and Nelson amendments propose to take the unprecedented step of expanding the Hyde restrictions on public spending into the private insurance marketplace.

New Video Appeals to Racists to Unite Against Health Care Reform

Gaining popularity on YouTube is a new video called “I guess I’m a Racist,” by opponents of “a total government take-over of our health care system.” The video depicts a series of mostly white and a few prerequisite people of color acting all confused as they reluctantly admit to their racism for opposing a Black president’s health care plan.

Sheriff Arpaio Forces Woman to Give Birth in Shackles

It’s hard to imagine how Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio could possibly stoop any lower in his zeal to arrest and humiliate people who are, or look like, immigrants, whether they have legal status or not. But Arpaio, who is clearly challenged in the department of human decency and dignity, is at it again. Telemundo 52, recently reported that Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio forced a pregnant Latina who went into labor while detained to give birth while shackled to the bed.

Sarah Palin's Delusional "Real America"

sarah_palin_1011458c.jpgFormer Alaska Governor and Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is embarking on a national tour touting her new book “Going Rogue.” What’s curious, however, is that her book tour will skip a lot of the big cities–and major book sale markets–like Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. Curious, but not surprising.